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We travel frequently in and around Texas, as well as needed nationally.

Today, our clients stretch from the city of Los Angeles to New York state. Our actual resume of clients and venues includes retailers and wholesalers like JCPenney; bankers; insurance companies like Homeland HealthCare and their clients AWA and the City of Dallas; marketing companies like Texas Law Marketing and ProSolutions Group; manufacturers like Col-Met and Flextronics; noted World Painter Lap Ngo; universities like Southwestern Adventist, the University of Texas at Arlington (Fine Arts Dept) and Jacksonville College; electronic tolling companies like ETAN Industries; OSHA compliance trainers like Worksafe and Safety Source; pharmaceutical companies, homebuilders, marketing agencies like CGI Communications; real estate businesses like ReMax; construction companies; wellness firms; assisted-living communities; festivals like the Forney Arts Festival and the Woodstock Celebration at FireWheel; telecommunication contract service providers; credit unions like Neighborhood Credit Union; accounting firms; public and private schools like the Duncanville, Boyd, Canton, Decatur and Greenville ISD's; medical industry service providers like Hunt Regional Medical Center; oil field drillers; non-profits; small business owners; authors like Kristie Smith and David Blewett of 'The Pony Trap'; advertising agencies like Build Buzz Launch and Johnson & Sekin; internet service providers; conferencing companies; food service designers; paralegal firms; radiologists; dentists like Seagoville Dental;  pool builders; sports marketers; corporate event planners, pharmacies, national speakers like Marsha Petrie Sue and Kristin Kaufman; broadcast producers, illusionists like David Hira and Daryl Sprout; former college football All-Americans like Rickey Dixon and Super Bowl XXVI winner Eric Williams; publishers like Adriel Publishing; actresses like Ellen Fox of "Rotten Tomatoes!"; hypnotists, doctors like Dr. Kyle Smith from Lafayette; charity leagues like the NCL of Rockwall; state and local agencies; home health care providers - and more!

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Monday
Apr132015

How and Why Did I End Up Here?

Do you ever wonder why you’re in the career you’re in --- or for those that are retired, why you spent your professional life doing what you did?  Did it just kind of happen that way, or were there other circumstances?

I’ve been thinking about that, and I think part of what I do is because of, believe it or not, my collecting baseball cards as a kid in the 1960s.

I think my life of picture taking , editing and producing is rooted in that hobby. And I don’t think we fully understand how impressionable we were as kids. Things really STUCK in our heads, and then remained with us throughout our lives.

I know that I fell in love with baseball cards and baseball card collecting on the day my dad took me to my first ball game. It was at the old Municipal stadium in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. I was seven years old.I only have one visual memory of that game, and that’s where we sat, up and behind first base. I still remember what it sounded like and how I felt. It was awesome.

My dad bought me this ball cap that day.
The KC is for Kansas City. And it’s green because the team was the Kansas City A’s and not the Royals that they are today. This cap is 48 years old. Lyndon Johnson was the President and man hadn’t landed on the moon. I remember hippies were everywhere and wearing your seat belt wasn’t even a law yet. I think our best father and son times were spent at that ballpark.

I believe I fell in love with baseball that day. And since I couldn’t go EVERY day, at least with baseball cards I could imagine I was there. I’d buy them at the Dime Store and I think I got around 15 cards and stick of gum for a quarter. Actually it was 26 cents with tax.

Baseball cards connect me to my childhood and to my profession.

Now here’s a guy they called “Charlie Hustle” – Pete Rose is his name. Possibly the greatest hitter of all time. This guy would slide into any base head first, including first - FULL ON all the time. But he’s not in the Hall of Fame because he bet on baseball while managing. And according to Major League Baseball’s Rule 21, that means banishment from the sport for life. One of the greatest, refused entry, because of something he did off the field.

This next card is of the Tigers Mark Fidrych. Mark was a pitcher who would get on his hands and knees every inning before he pitched to smooth out the dirt around the pitching mound. He had a mop of curly blonde hair and a gawky gait. It was so strange that a minor league manager compared him to Big Bird on Sesame Street. From that point on, he was known as Mark “The Bird” Fidrych.

He also “talked” to the baseball during the game. You’d see him walk behind the mound, stop and have a conversation with the ball. And if opposing players got a hit off him, he’d refuse to keep using that ball. He’d ask for a new one. His very first year pitching for the Tigers in 1976, he finished up with 19 wins and 9 losses – which is a great record by the way. This earned him Rookie of the Year honorsand it wasn’t even close. But unfortunately for Mark, this was the top of the mountain for him. Serious knee injuries knocked him out of baseball – and he died, believe it or not, underneath his dump truck which had fallen on him - at age 54.

This card is the 1977 card. During Spring training, just like they do know, they’d photograph the players and then produce the cards for that season where little kids like me would beg their mom and dads for money to buy them.

 Alright, raise your hands if you’ve heard of a guy named Deion Sanders. But he was a football player, right? Ahhh but he played baseball too for a short time. He was signed by the New York Yankees after being picked in the 30th round of the draft. Here’s his rookie card. Doesn’t look quite like “Primetime” here, does he?


Now, on August 8th 1967, the Red Sox were playing the California Angels at Fenway Park in Boston. A young, really good hitter named Tony Conigliaro came up to the plate and dug in against the pitcher, a guy named Jack Hamilton. Little did Jack realize (hold up the card), his life and Tony’s life, were about to change forever.

Well, Jack rocked back and fired a pitch on the inside part of home plate – well a little bit too far inside. Tony shot to the ground, the pitch hit him – shattering his cheekbone, dislocating his jaw and detaching his retina.

Now at this time, Jack was having one of his best seasons in the major leagues. But he never recovered after hitting Tony. He was afraid to pitch inside to hitters from that point on because he didn’t want to seriously injure another player. His strike outs went way down, opposing teams were scoring more runs against him and their batting average against him went up. Jack retired at the young age of 30.

Well, my wife and I met Jack two years ago on a trip to Branson, Missouri. We stayed at the Plaza Hotel. Jack owned and managed the hotel’s restaurant on the top floor. He was really nice and signed a postcard with his picture on it for me.

So many of my cards have stories that they tell. and as a video producer today, I don’t think I’d have the imagination I have without them. I bet you have a connection too, to something you did or loved as a child.

Thursday
Jan222015

The Geometry of Taking an Interesting Picture

So how do you take what really is just an innate approach to taking pictures, and explain that in a visual way. All without making it too complicated or pompous sounding?

Well, I'm not sure if this little picture does it or not, but take a look and see if it works for you. I appreciate all the follows on Twitter - happy to help when I can!  @LegendMediaPros

The Geometry of Taking an Interesting Picture

Wednesday
Jan212015

Creating Value With Video

DSLR package for a Dallas, TX company

One of the ways I make money through my company, Legend Media, is by making my clients and their companies look and sound better than their competition. That's not hard because I really do become vested in the outcome of every project. It's personal for me.

Nowadays, video's the perfect relational medium because it's a snap to propogate. Srreaming is easier, faster and better looking than ever - and with social media like Google+, Twitter, Facebok, LinkedIn and others - delivery can be immediate and targeted.

Say it, stream it and see it. Then archive it. - in minutes and hours, rather than days like others.

DSLR package for a Dallas, TX company
More and more, my clients are choosing my Canon DSLR package for their videos. They want the blurred backgrounds, the different lens choices - and they appreciate the fact the prices are reasonable. Let's face it, that's real important. Then, there's the "wow" factor when you combine all that with the commercial quality lighting, sound and ultimately, the 30 years of experience that I bring to the shoots. We have fun, but at the same time, we're doing exactly what we set out to do, and that's add value for their employees, their company and their brand.

When it's decision making time for you and your company, I hope you'll take a thoughtful look at what we do - camera packages, pricing, equipment, reviews, galleries and more - and also scroll down our Twitter feed @LegendMediaPros

That same DSLR package offers an opportunity for clients to update their leadership team bios, product pages and more - with PHOTOS and video.

And questions are no problem - if you're not planning to succeed, you're planning to fail, right? Gotta get those ducks in a row. 214-418-3430 and ask for me, Kurt.

We're right here in the heart of North Texas, the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Thank you.

 

Sunday
Nov302014

Your Speaking Velocity

Here's a simple concept that will serve you well when speaking to groups.
What's your speaking velocity, does it match who you really are, and are you aware of all that it can do for you?

It's important for your audience to believe in you, that you are who they see. No one likes to be fooled or think they're being fooled, so being true to who you are when making a presentation, matters. 

Your speaking velocity is how fast or slow you speak. Too fast, and your audience can't follow. Too slow, and they'll wander. Right?

Well, maybe not so fast.

I believe what matters most is the matching -  specifically your ability to take your speaking velocity and pair it with the visual. Your gait, your gestures, your body language - do they all work well together? Or are you imtating or changing it when you get onstage?

It's important to start with the real you, using your everyday cadence and velocity - this brings believability to you as a speaker. Let them hear it, let them trust that you are real and genuine. That needs to be the foundation. 

Once you've established that truth with them, that you are who you appear to be -- you can start changing the velocity to pull them in, or rein them back out - create suspense, surprise, joy and amusement.

So, start naturally to establish trust, then use varying velocities to tell your story and to take your audience on a ride with you creating memorable moments. 

What you don't want to "wear a pair of mismatches socks" onstage - bring the matching pair, let them see and hear it, THEN you can a little crazy!